Working at Iowa Survey

2016 College of Engineering Results

The University completed the Working at Iowa Survey of faculty and staff in the fall of 2016, following similar surveys conducted in 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2014. This survey provides a snapshot of employee engagement by asking for employee perceptions about their job, their unit, and the University as a whole. Each college received a report summarizing the results from faculty and staff in that college. The College of Engineering 2016 report is available for your review.

Some highlights from the College of Engineering results include:

  • 72% of our faculty and staff responded to the survey.
  • In most areas our results are as favorable, and often more favorable, than the overall University-wide results.
  • Areas of particular strength for the College include: a clear understanding of work expectations (Question 1); respectful relationships between supervisors and faculty/staff (Question 6); civil and respectful relationships with our coworkers (Question 13); a supportive environment for diversity (Question 14); and a focus on excellent service (Question 8).
  • Consistent with campus-wide results, areas that may warrant further consideration include workload distribution (Question 9) and support for work/life balance (Question 10). These results are not surprising given the tremendous enrollment growth that the College has experienced over the past several years.

The College of Engineering results will be discussed with Engineering Administrative Council, Engineering Faculty Council, and Engineering Staff Advisory Council early in the spring 2017 semester. Opportunities for further conversation and planning related to the survey results will be coordinated following those initial discussions. Department/center level reports will be shared with staff and faculty in the relevant departments/centers as well.

Please peruse the College of Engineering report to learn more specifics about the results. If you have questions or comments about the College of Engineering survey results, or ideas about follow-up actions, please share those ideas with Jan Waterhouse, Director of Human Resources, or with Dean Scranton.

The University of Iowa Report is also available for your review on the University Human Resources Working at Iowa webpage.